Cluster algebras, which are certain commutative algebras defined by combinatorial data - for example, a skew-symmetric matrix - were introduced by Fomin and Zelevinsky in order to study the multiplicative structure of the dual canonical basis of a quantized enveloping algebra associated to a simple Lie algebra. Other motivations included the theory of total positivity of matrices and integer sequences exhibiting Laurent behaviour, such as some Somos sequences. This beautiful theory has lead to some remarkable new developments over the past few years.
The aim of these lectures is to introduce the theory of cluster algebras
and to describe some of their applications. It is planned that this will
include the Laurent phenomenon, periodicity, the classification of
cluster algebras of finite type by Dynkin diagrams, cluster algebras
of finite mutation type and links with combinatorial objects.
Zeit: Di 10:15 - 12:00 (to be confirmed)
Ort: HG G 43 (Hermann-Weyl-Zimmer) (to be confirmed)
Beginn: March 1 (to be confirmed)